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National Garden Month

Apr 4 2013

by The Southern Coterie

April is National Garden Month! Plant a garden, support your local farmers market, visit your favorite gardens, teach others about gardening….there are so many ways to celebrate this bright and colorful month!

In celebration of National Garden Month and the arrival of Spring- we decided to share some of our favorite gardens throughout the South!

The University of Georgia Founders’ Memorial Garden

Image via UGA College of Environment and Design

Completed in 1946, the Garden Club of Georgia created this garden as a living memorial to the twelve founders of the Ladies’ Garden Club of Athens, the first garden club in America, organized in 1891.

Middleton Place

The Gardens, which Henry Middleton envisioned and began to create in 1741, reflect the grand classic style that remained in vogue in Europe and England into the early part of the 18th century. The principles of André Le Nôtre, the master of classical garden design who laid out the gardens at Vaux-le-Vicomte and the Palace of Versailles were followed. Rational order, geometry and balance; vistas, focal points and surprises were all part of the garden design.

The Biltmore Estate Gardens

Azalea Garden via Visit Biltmore

Stroll acres of formal and informal gardens designed by America’s foremost landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted. From the formal beauty of the Italian Garden to the breathtaking presence of ancient trees in America’s first managed forests, Biltmore’s lush landscape is a living tribute to Olmsted’s genius. The Biltmore’s horticultural experts continually work to preserve the original vision for the gardens and grounds, including our All America Rose Garden featuring more than 250 varieties.

Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Dunn Formal Rose Garden via Lovely, Lovely Things Blog

Originally designed in 1963, and later modified by Robert Kirk in 1988, this beautiful and popular feature is laid out in a classic cross-axial style. The “formal” designation refers to the garden’s mirror-image symmetry, rather than to a particular type of rose. Take a deep breath and enjoy tea roses, floribundas, grandifloras, climbers, miniatures and shrub types that bloom in glorious colors from late April until frost. Here, old favorites such as ‘Peace’, ‘Chrysler Imperial’, and ‘John F. Kennedy’ mingle with newcomers like ‘All That Jazz’, ‘Dolly Parton’ and ‘Fourth of July’; our bounty of roses has made this spot a mainstay attraction since The Gardens first opened. Given in memory of William R. J. Dunn, Jr., by his family, the collection in this garden consists of over 150 types of hybrid roses. The Dunn Formal Rose Garden is an official All-America Rose Selection Display garden and new introductions are displayed every year; it perennially wins AARS awards for outstanding maintenance.

What are some of your favorite gardens in the South?

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